HARTLEPOOL United may have achieved the Great Escape with a game to go – but in-form Scott Fenwick insists the season isn’t over for him.
The 25-year-old scored the opener in the 2-1 win over Exeter City, a win that sealed Pools’ future as a Football League team, ahead of the season finale at Carlisle United.
I need to go to Carlisle and get another goal to finish off the seasonScott Fenwick
It was his sixth of the campaign and he is determined to finish the season as the club’s top goalscorer – with him leading the way in terms of league goals.
Brad Walker is second with five league goals, while Jonathan Franks has six overall but four of them have come in cup competitions.
Former Dunston star Fenwick, who joined the club in November, feared his campaign was over after suffering an ankle injury but after 11 games on the sidelines he returned to spearhead the club’s successful fight against relegation.
Fenwick told SportMail: “The season is not over in my eyes, every game at pro level is a bonus for me as it took me so long to get here.
“Since arriving at the club, I set my own targets and have managed to hit most of them and I want to end the season as top goalscorer in the league.
“I need to go to Carlisle and get another one just to finish off the season.
“I want to beat Carlisle as much as beating anyone else.
“If we go there and win again and Tranmere and Cheltenham Town both lose then it is a seven-point gap and people can no longer say it all just came down to one game.
“It will be nice to make that gap as big as we can.”
Going into the game at Brunton Park, Pools are third-bottom with Keith Curle’s Carlisle fifth bottom and five points better off than Ronnie Moore’s Pools side.
The Pools camp were back training at Victoria Park yesterday, instead of their usual base at Maiden Castle, in Durham.
It was the scene of one of the most dramatic days in the club’s history last Saturday as Pools sealed an incredible turnaround, from being 10 points adrift at the start of March.
The players were given four days off as a reward for their efforts and Fenwick admits he couldn’t wait to get back training with his team-mates.
He added: “I just went wild once it was confirmed that we had stayed up!
“It was an incredible feeling and took a while to sink in.
“After the game had finished I was just exhausted, I was crouched down on the pitch just to get my breathe because my legs had gone and I had nothing left.
“I guess I was just emotional that it was finally all over.
“Being off from Sunday until Thursday, me and Scott Harrison have been bored to bits!
“We weren’t used to having so much time to do what we want, but this week has been the first time since I arrived at the club that I could relax and enjoy my football.
“We can now all relax and look forward to Carlisle.”